The National Transportation Safety Board released a preliminary report about a plane crash that injured an Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper on July 26.
The report reads:
On July 26, 2013, about 1910 central daylight time, a Cessna 182S airplane, N820HP, impacted terrain while maneuvering near Tecumseh, Oklahoma.
The pilot, an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper, was reportedly assisting in the pursuit of a suspect attempting to evade law enforcement at the time of the accident. A postimpact fire ensured. The pilot sustained serious injuries. The airplane was substantially damaged.
The airplane was registered to and operated by the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a public use flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was not operated on a flight plan. The flight originated from the University of Oklahoma Westheimer Airport (OUN), Norman, Oklahoma, about 1756.
The pilot, Trooper Dennis Dickens, was life-flighted to Oklahoma University Medical Center with leg injuries. He is said to be in serious but stable condition.